As Microsoft CEO prepares to step down we think Elop is man for the job
News has just broken that Steve Ballmer, who has supposedly been at the helm of Microsoft as CEO for 13 years, has decided to step down as CEO. This has sparked a major hunt for his replacement – given that most people think that Bill Gates would never return. Or do a Steve Jobs as he’d probably view it. There’s a long list of possible candidates, but GoMoNews thinks it has the ideal man – Stephen Elop who’s currently in charge of mobile handset maker – Nokia.
After all he has the ideal qualifications. He’s a former Microsoft executive and he’s doing a really great job at Nokia – selling people a Windows operating system for their smartphones. When they really want Android.
He’d be really great at Microsoft – selling PC users an OS they really don’t want – Windows 8, when they really want some version of Linux – probably Ubuntu.
Elop also has another really good trick up his sleeve. Even though he totally cheeses share holders right off, he carries on regardless.
Depressing the share price in the process. And get this – he’s still managed to stay in the job. How about that?
Apparently, Microsoft’s board has appointed a special committee to find a successor to Ballmer and we jolly well hope they all read GoMo News.
Rumoured to be on the list is another Steve – with a third spelling – Steven. Good move that. Yup, Steven Sinofsky used to be in charge of Windows.
Then there’s the current vp for marketing Tami Reller as well as Vic Gundotra – who left Microsoft for a firm which does know how to make a mobile OS – Google.
Other names include Scott Forstall who was at Apple and present Skype head honcho Tony Bates.
Neither have the advantage of being called Steve. Which is useful for Microsoft employees who have become used to saying, “Yes, Steve,” the whole time.
Whoever gets the job has the mammoth task of figuring out what to do with Windows Phone 8.
It’s not really getting anywhere and soon could be overtaken by the likes of Tizen and Sailfish.
Not a pair of shoes we’d want to step into, then.
Read the official Microsoft announcement about Ballmer leaving here.